Useful Links for Natural Resource Recovery Post Hurricane Michael:
The devastating impacts of Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle have left thousands of people scrambling for basic needs and an unimaginable amount of debris clearing. Far down the priority list for many residents is the recovery of natural landscapes. But the restoration of native plants and trees is critical for Panhandle beekeepers and farmers that rely on pollinators – bees, butterflies, and other species - responsible for one out of three bites of our food.
An important program to help with this long-term recovery process is the
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Pollinator Initiative:
The DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS DEC 21ST! Landowners who miss the deadline will have to wait an additional year to apply, so they must contact the local county USDA Service Center ASAP.
Another excellent resource is FWC’s Office of Conservation Assistance, Landowner Assistance Program:
Friends of Apalachicola National Forest (FANF) Meeting:
Maclay Gardens Native Arboretum Workday
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Lost Creek Forest
Volunteer tour leaders or researchers needed!
Lost Creek Forest is an old growth hardwood slope forest and wetlands located at the Thomasville Municipal Airport 5 miles northeast of Thomasville. FNPS board member Beth Grant is Founder and President of Friends of Lost Creek Forest.
We would like to invite FNPS members with specific knowledge relevant to the forest to lead walks or do research there, for example forest dynamics and history of slope forests in the southeast, tree species, woody plants, vines, mushrooms and their underground fungal networks, lichen, herps, geology, soils, tree diseases (we have had two giant oaks die in the last year, a massive Swamp Chestnut Oak, and a very large Darlington Oak), possible effects of global warming , etc.
Get involved with volunteer workday opportunities...
Angus Gholson Nature Park - contact Diana Picklesimer at Diana.Picklesimer@gmail.com
Maclay Gardens Native Arboretum - contact Ann Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Milkweed initiative - check Facebook - Monarch-Milkweed-Initiative@st. marks nwr
TorreyaKeepers - contact Leigh Brooks at Leigh@TorreyaKeepers.org
Upsy Daisy Plant Rescue Society - contact Gail Fishman at email@example.com
Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, Lost Creek Forest, and Cherokee Pollinator Garden - contact Beth Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Programs for 2018-2019
December 6th - Reed Noss - Florida Needs Fire!
January 3rd - Houston Snead - Conservation Projects Funded by the Jacksonville Zoo
February 7th - Peter Kleinhenz - Botanizing by Phone: Using iNaturalist to Learn, Document and Conserve Florida's Wildflowers
March 7th - Kevin Hiers - Prescribed Fire
April 4th - Harley Means - Geology of Steephead Ravines
May 2nd - Craig Huegel - Roots and How They Work
For additional and updated details about the Thursday evening programs and the accompanying Saturday morning field trips, please refer to our chapter's website calendar page.
Meeting schedule: 1st Thursday of the month from September through May. Come to socialize at 7:00, chapter meeting at 7:30, and program at 7:45 PM.
Meeting Place: King Building on the FSU Campus (319 Stadium Drive) Room 1024 – Free evening campus parking at the parking garage south of the King Building off Stadium Drive, or the parking lot east of the King Building following Psychology Way south from Call Street. Room 1024 is at the back of the King Building - see campus map at campus.map.fsu.edu for meeting location.
All meetings are free and open to the public.
Friends of the Apalachicola National Forest: Facebook